September 5, 2009
An overlooked aspect of building a team is the use of the Rule V draft to add pieces to the puzzle of building a 25 man roster. The New York Yellow Cabs selected John Yoshii second in the Rule V draft in season 13 and while the Yellow Cabs could not find a spot on the 25 man roster, the Pittsburgh Partymen tool a flyer on him; claiming him off waivers.
This appears to have been a solid move by the Partymen ownership group as he is 8-3 with a 3.33 ERA. While he does not project to be a star, he has been solid at every level and hopes to continue to put up good numbers out of the Partymen bullpen.
It is small moves like the claim of Yoshii that help shape a roster and the Partymen hope that Yoshii's success continues as they push toward a playoff birth in the National League.